Former Communication Minister, Dr Edward Omane Boamah has distanced himself from the claims of Prof Kwamena Ahwoi that he was one of the young persons in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) who were recruited as an attack dog on the former President, Jerry John Rawlings.
Prof Ahwoi in his book said Dr Omane Boamah, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa and other members of the NDC were tasked to always discredit the former President when the party was in power.
Reacting to this claim, Dr Omane Boamah said he was never recruited for that purpose by the Mills adminstration.
Below is his full statement:
DISCLAIMER – PROF. KWAMENA AHWOI’S BOOK – “WORKING WITH RAWLINGS”
I have read excerpts of the Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi’s Book, “Working with Rawlings” that appear to suggest I was among a group of young politicians, who were purposely engaged by him and others to respond to and “talk back” at former President Rawlings for the latter’s attacks on the personality of the late President of Ghana, His Excellency John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills.
Respectfully, I need to place on record that this claim is wholly and completely inaccurate and untrue.
As a young man and politician with core convictions, I was never engaged nor could I have allowed myself to be used by anyone to talk back at former President Rawlings. My principled stand in defending the late President Atta Mills, without insults, against attacks I thought were underserved was borne out of my respect and appreciation of the personality of the late President Mills – the Asomdwehene, his pureness of heart and other sterling and unique qualities that he possessed to a fault.
The suggestion that my defence of the late President was part of a deliberate “strategy” by elders is irksome to me. It does not reflect my personality as a politician of conviction and not of convenience.
For the record, I state emphatically and unequivocally that any claim that I was a recruited participant in any such grand agenda could only be the result of an inadvertent error in recollection and not founded on anything that remotely resembles the truth.
Dr. Edward Kofi Omane Boamah
Former Minister of Communication
5th August, 2020